Brent Beavers has taken the chef position at AspenPointe Cafe at Citizen's Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road. Beavers is the much lauded chef who has owned the now-defunct eateries Sencha and Conscious Table.
"Closing Conscious Table was such a bloody mess that I ran away to the mountains," he said. "I was done with Colorado Springs, at least for some time."
Conscious Table closed on Mother's Day in 2012.
When he heard about the opportunity at AspenPointe, he was especially interested in the social enterprise piece. AspenPoint Enterprises solves social problems using business strategies. It helps the community's disabled and disenfranchised by providing training, education and employment opportunities. At the AspenPointe Cafe Beavers oversees all the food operation and the 16-week culinary training program.
Randy Beck, catering sales specialist and food services for the cafe was delighted for Beavers to join the team.
"I'm really glad to have him on board," he said. "We have much bigger plans for him."
Beavers has plans, too. He'd like to have public cooking classes as well as guest chef dinners.
"I've only been here six weeks and still getting my feet on the ground," he said.
The cafe is open to the public for dining and catering. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call 572-6100. Visit aspenpointe.org.
Cast a net
La Baguette French Bistro, 4440 N. Chestnut St., is the place for La Bouillabaisse Seafood Dinner, from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. For $45 per person, you get four courses with an entree of a bowl full of mussels, clams, shrimp and white fish flamed with Pernod and slowly cooked in a saffron-chardonnay broth. Enjoy the seafood bounty with a complementary bottle of Macon Village chardonnay. Live music included. Call 599-0686. Visit labaquettefrenchbistro.com.
"KVOR Table Talk"
Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show on 740 AM, 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday:
- Johnathan Shankland, general manager of The Famous, A Steakhouse, 31 N. Tejon St., talks about Colorado Springs Restaurant Week, which runs Sept. 14 to 27. Dozens of restaurants offer special three-course dinners for two at $30, $45 or $60. It's a great time to try out some eateries you haven't been to before at great prices. Call 227-7333. Visit thefamoussteakhouse.net.
- Eric Viedt, executive chef and co-owner of The Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, talks about his special menu for Colorado Springs Restaurant Week and Local Food Week, Sept. 14 to 22. Call 598-8667. Visit margaritaatpinecreek.com.
- Megan Andreozzi, store manager at Hunt and Gather store in the Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., and who heads up our Local Foods Working Group, talks about Local Food Week activities, including Pikes Peak Urban Gardens Garlic Festival.
- Wendy Carson, with the nonprofit Colorado Springs Community Alliance, talks about the Local Food Group's Community Dinner at Hillside Gardens, 1006 S. Institute St., 5:30-9 p.m. Sept. 15. Tickets can be purchased with a donation of $5 or more. Or bring a dish made with local ingredients that will feed 15. Call 632-6189. Visit greencitiescoalition.net.
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